A while ago I purchased two fabrics – both 85% polyester and 15% rayon knits – a Chevron pattern, one a Hunter Green and one a Red. Just on a whim. These fabrics spread out are a bit overwhelming for my taste – but they were too beautiful to resist. I had to figure out what I was going to make with them.
I thought I would make a cardigan with one, perhaps the darker one, and a skirt … or culottes … or a skirt … or culottes … with the brighter one.
My favourite cardigan pattern is Butterick B5789. I’ve made my red one successfully before here. Now just to be brave and try new things, this time, I thought I would try making a cardigan that was reversible. The green Chevron pattern on one side and a white linen look on the other. That way if I didn’t feel bold I could wear the Chevron fabric on the inside, just peeking out, and if I was feeling BOLD then I could wear the Chevron fabric on the outside. I thank my friend, Nadine, for giving me the white linen looking fabric (and quite a few others!).
I wasn’t too sure how I wanted to cut out the Chevron fabric, but I assumed that it would be similar to matching stripes. So after laying the fabric out on the floor – with the Chevron stripes perfectly straight – I lay my two pieces on top again being careful to make them perfectly straight.
Then I flipped my cut pattern pieces so they were right sides together with my fabric, matched them up with the fabric underneath, and cut out my second pattern pieces.
Cutting out the white linen look fabric was business as usual. This body piece is huge!
Next comes the fun part … the sewing! Will I be successful? Can I make a reversible cardigan out of these two fabrics? Have you made a reversible garment before?
I promised a couple of posts ago when I introduced you to Amber – my 1954 Singer Slant-o-matic Convertible, model 421G, that I would give you the details on how to disassemble/reassemble the upper tension. I’m not an expert so I took step-by-step photos and I referred to The Archaic and the Arcane‘s Youtube which I have attached at the end of this post. I am glad I did take the photos and follow the Youtube because there was an extra piece in this assembly that I wasn’t familiar with. I was happy to refer to the helpful YouTube video from The Archaic and the Arcane.
I have taken these photos to remind myself how it all goes together as I’m not an expert at this yet. I’ve also saved the Youtube that helped me out. Let’s hear how it’s done from a professional!
Do you use Youtube as a sewing resource? What was the last helpful one you found?
To finish off, let me just say “Thank you” to The Archaic and the Arcane for helping me out with Amber!